In Friday night’s Pittsburgh win over St. Louis, an oddity occurred. The Bucs scored two runs and won the game despite not having a run batted in.
Starter Jake Westbrook and reserve catcher Tony Cruz, covering for injured Yadier Molina, were obviously having trouble getting on the same page. Pittsburgh plated two in the fourth inning on what was scored a wild pitch and a passed ball.
It was a new way for the frustrating 2012 Cardinals to taste defeat. In fact, it marked the first time since 1995 that St. Louis lost a game in which their opponent did not have an RBI. In that case, it was Houston doing the damage.
The last time the Cards lost when the victor had two runs with no RBI was all the way back in 1980. The record of three opponent RBI-less runs scoring in a Cardinals defeat was first set in 1948 and tied again the next season.
Friday night was the 18th RBI-less win for an opponent in Cardinals team history, according to the following table provided by researcher Tom Orf.